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Jets recover to end Blues' home point streak

Copp scores game-winner in third for Winnipeg; St. Louis run ends at 11 games

by Louie Korac / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

Copp cleans up the mess

WPG@STL: Copp smacks rebound as puck trickles in

Andrew Copp battles inside as his rebound attempt trickles across the goal line, giving the Jets a 3-2 lead during the 3rd period

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ST. LOUIS -- Andrew Copp scored the tiebreaking goal in the third period, and the Winnipeg Jets ended the St. Louis Blues' 11-game home point streak with a 4-2 win at Enterprise Center on Thursday.

Jansen Harkins scored his first NHL goal had an assist for the Jets (27-23-5), who won for the second time in eight games, each against the Blues.

"At the end of the day, handling the win is key," Copp said. "We're going to be in a lot of tight games like that down the stretch like that where it's tied with less than 10 minutes to go and we need to be comfortable in those games and win those games."

 

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The Blues (32-15-8), who are 2-5-1 in their past eight games, were 10-0-1 in their prior 11 home games.

"First period we didn't play well, but we played solid after that, lots of chances," St. Louis coach Craig Berube said. "We haven't solved [Connor] Hellebuyck good enough yet last two games."

Hellebuyck, who made 35 saves for Winnipeg, made 38 saves against St. Louis in a 5-2 win on Feb. 1.

"Your goalie is going to have to be the deciding factor and he may have been the deciding factor for us," Jets coach Paul Maurice said.

The Blues tied the game with two second-period goals in 2:20. Colton Parayko scored a power-play goal at 11:16 to make it 2-1, and Carl Gunnarsson scored at 13:36 to make it 2-2.

Video: WPG@STL: Gunnarsson sends puck through traffic

Copp scored at 9:04 of the third period to give the Jets a 3-2 lead. Jordan Binnington gave up a rebound of Harkins' shot from the right wall.

"I haven't rewatched it, but the initial thought there is, 'Control your rebounds,'" Binnington said. "I've got to be there and got to keep working and it will come back around."

Harkins gave the Jets a 1-0 lead at 7:55 of the first period when his shot from the left circle beat Binnington high to the short side. The 22-year-old forward was playing his 15th NHL game.

"It's obviously a pretty special moment for me," Harkins said. "Our line played pretty solid all night. Happy to get rewarded and it was an awesome win."

Video: WPG@STL: Harkins squeezes shot by Binnington

Patrik Laine's 20th goal of the season and 130th in the NHL made it 2-0 at 5:58 of the second period. Nikolaj Ehlers scored an empty-net goal with 11 seconds remaining for the 4-2 final.

Binnington made 21 saves for St. Louis.

 

They said it

"He's obviously been playing really great. You get 30, 40 shots and he's turning them away no problem." -- Jets defenseman Nathan Beaulieu on goalie Connor Hellebuyck

"There's a lot of desperate teams around the League right now, trying to find their way, playoff spots, things like that. Hockey's tight right now. It's tough. We've got to dig in more. We have to have a better mindset going into games, being harder to play against. It's a lot of playoff hockey going on right now. I'd like to see us get more of that mindset right now." -- Blues coach Craig Berube

 

Need to know

Jets defenseman Luca Sbisa left the game at 10:07 of the second period after blocking a David Perron shot with his right knee. Maurice said X-rays were negative but Sbisa will be evaluated Friday. … Laine is the ninth NHL player to score 130 goals before his 22nd birthday; the 21-year-old has 19 points (15 goals, four assists) in 16 games against St. Louis. ... Maurice coached his 500th game with the Jets (262-185-53). ... Beaulieu played 19:29 after missing 14 games with a lower-body injury. ... Blues forward Alexander Steen was honored in a pregame ceremony for playing 1,000 NHL games. ... Blues forward Robert Thomas had an assist to extend his point streak to five games (one goal, four assists). ... Blues forward Zach Sanford had a six-game point streak end (nine points; four goals, five assists); he was initially credited with Gunnarsson's goal.

 

What's next

Jets: Host the Ottawa Senators on Saturday (2 p.m. ET; NHLN, CBC, SN, TVAS, NHL.TV)

Blues: Host the Dallas Stars on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; FS-MW, FS-SW+, NHL.TV)

Video: Copp, Harkins lead Jets to 4-2 victory over Blues

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